Athletics is strong at King's, with a large number of boys representing the school at provincial, South Island and National level on an annual basis. The King's athletics team is managed by TIC, Mr Jeremy White and Mr. Geoff Anderson, an Old Boy and accomplished middle distance runner.
In February, King's enters a team in the Otago Athletics Championships. Those who finish in the top eight of any event qualify for the Otago/Southland Championships. From there, the first five finishers in any event qualify for the prestigious South Island Championships at the end of March.
King's usually enters a team of up to 40 at Otago level and, by the time of the South Island Championships, expects to have around 15-20 qualifiers most years.
In December, a team attends the National Championships somewhere around New Zealand. This is an exciting trip and boys enjoy the chance to pit themselves against future New Zealand and Olympic representatives.
King's has a proud history of achievement at provincial, South Island and National level. In recent years, road racers Caden Shields and Tony Payne have placed second in the Senior Boys' road race and our road racing teams have won medals in the team of 3 and team of 6 races at both junior and senior level.
On the track, Max Smith (1500m champion) and Daniel Balchin (silver and bronze in the steeplechase and 3000m) have excelled at a national level, as have Lyndon and Robert Brown. It is fair to say, King's has a reputation for producing outstanding middle distance runners.
Many boys, too numerous to mention, win titles at provincial level in track and field.
For more information contact:
Mr Jeremy White
Teacher in Charge